NID Sign Superstars


The National Institute for the Deaf has started an exciting competition called NID Sign Superstars. The aim of this competition is to promote South African Sign Language – to show its diversity, its vibrancy and its beauty.

As an introduction: It works on the basis of the popular Idols competition and is open to D/deaf persons, persons with hearing loss and hearing persons older than 18 years. Participants entered by filling in an entry form and submitting a video (2 – 5 minutes) where they sign in SASL. They could choose from a variety of genres – poetry, songs, jokes/comedy, storytelling etc.

A panel of experts from NID was responsible for selecting the best 50 entries. The top 50 videos were posted on Facebook (@nidsignsuperstars) until 20 February 2017 so that the public could vote for the top 20 participants. Thereafter the voting rounds continue as follow:

Top 20 announced on 21 February 2017 – Public votes for top 10 until 13 March 2017.

Top 10 announced on 15 March 2017 – Public votes for top 5 until 29 March 2017.

The top 5 participants will then go through to the finale and perform live on 8 April 2017 at a gala event in Worcester where a panel of external judges (all SASL experts) will determine who SA’s Sign Superstar for 2017 will be.

We believe that promoting SASL in this way will advance the fight and gain support to get SASL recognised as the 12th official language of South Africa.

* Important: This is not a duplication of Zwakala, since the participants are not school learners, but have to be older than 18 years.


For more information or any enquiries:

facebook @nidsignsuperstars

telephone 023 342 5555